Sixteen Going On Seventeen chords

from The Sound Of Music

Sixteen Going On Seventeen was written by Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein (lyrics).

Music: Key of F Major in 4/4 time at a moderate tempo

Chords: F, F6, F7, F+, Fm6, G7, G9, Gm7, C7, C7b9, C9, C+, Dm, Dm7, D7, Bb, Bb(b5), Bbm7

Learn the Chords: Make sure you can play all the chords before attempting the song. Some of them look a little scary but once you learn them they are all very easy to play.

Video: If you want to play along with the video, the start of the song and first refrain (male part) is in the key of Ab - place a Capo on the 3rd fret and all is well. On the second refrain (female part) there is a key change to D Major - you will need to move the capo to the 9th fret which may sound a little odd... as long as you have enough neck-room, it is possible but not entirely desirable.

The optional Interlude and 3rd refrain in the song is not included in the video clip.


Sixteen Going On Seventeen
The song starts at 0:07

Sixteen Going On Seventeen

     F   F6  F7  F+ Fm6 G7  G9  Gm7 C7  C7b9  C9  C+  Dm Dm7  D7  Bb Bb(b5) Bbm7
e |--1---1---1---1---1---1---1---3---0----0----0---0---1---1---2---1----------1--|
B |--1---3---1---2---3---0---0---3---1----2----3---1---3---1---1---3----3-----2--|
G |--2---2---2---2---1---0---2---3---3----3----3---1---2---2---2---3----3-----1--|
D |--3---3 --1---3---3---0---0---3---2----2----2---2---0---0---0---3----2-----3--|
A |--3-------3-------3---2---2---5---3----3----3---3---------------1----1-----1--|
E |--1-------1-------1---3---3---3-----------------------------------------------|
     B       B       B           B                                 B          B

numbers on the grid indicate frets       
B signifies a barre chord
0 means the string is played open
unmarked strings are not to be played... more

        F                        G9
1. You wait, lit-tle girl, on an emp-ty stage
       Gm7               F6
   For fate to turn the light on
         F                        G9
   Your life, lit-tle girl, is an emp-ty page
        Gm7               F6             F+   Dm | C7 |
   That men will want to write on___ To write on...

            F               C7
Refrain 1: You are six-teen go-ing on sev-en-teen
           F                    Dm7  -  G9
           Ba-by, it's time to think!
           C9                   F
           Bet-ter be-ware, be can-ny and care-ful
           Gm7           G7    | C7  /  /  C+ |
           Ba-by, you're on the brink!

            F               C7
           You are six-teen go-ing on sev-en-teen
            F                    Dm7  -  G9
           Fel-lows will fall in line
           C9                      F
           Ea-ger young lads and rogues and cads
                Gm7         C9       F
           Will of-fer you food and wine.

           Bb               Bb(b5)
           To-tal-ly un-pre-pared are you
               F7             Bb
           To face a world of men.
           Bb                 Bb(b5)
           Tim-id and shy and scared are you
                F                 G7 - C7
           Of things be-yond your kin

            F                C7
           You need some-one old-er and wis-er
            F                  Bbm7
           Tell-ing you what to do
           F                D7
           I am sev-en-teen go-ing on eight-een
            G9       C7b9     F  | G7  -  C7  |
           I'll take care of you

           F             C7
Refrain 2: I am six-teen go-ing on sev-en-teen
           F                   Dm7  -  G9
           I know that I'm na-ive
           C9                   F
           Fel-lows I meet may tell me I'm sweet
               Gm7          G7     | C7  /  /  C+ |
           And will-ing-ly I'll be-lieve.

           F             C7
           I am six-teen go-ing on sev-en-teen
           F               Dm7  -  G9
           In-no-cent as a rose
            C9                    F
           Bach-e-lor dan-dies, drink-ers of bran-dies
           Gm7        C9       F
           What do I know of those?

           Bb               Bb(b5)
           To-tal-ly un-pre-pared am I
               F7             Bb
           To face a world of men
            Bb                Bb(b5)
           Tim-id and shy and scared am I
                F               G7 - C7
           Of things be-yond my kin

           F               C7
           I need some-one old-er and wis-er
            F                  Bbm7
           Tell-ing me what to do
            F                  D7
           You are sev-en-teen go-ing on eight-een
            G9     C7b9     F  |  F  |
           I'll de-pend on you 
           
              F               C7      Gm7  C7 
Interlude: A bell is no bell till you ring it,
              F                        G7 
           A song is no song till you sing it,
                F                         Fm6 
           And love in your heart was-'nt put there to stay,
            F6                       Gm7     C7  | F7 -  F6  | F+  -  F  |
           Love is-n't love till you give it a  -  way

            F                   C7
Refrain 3: When you're six-teen go-ing on sev-en-teen
            F                    Dm7  -  G9 
           Wait-ing for life to start
            C9                   F
           Some-bod-y kind who touch-es your mind 
                Gm7         G7       | C7  /  /  C+ |
           Will sud-den-ly touch your heart! 

            F                  C7
           When thet hap-pens, af-ter it hap-pens,
            F                    Dm7  -  G9 
           Noth-ing is quite the same.
            C9                      F
           Some-how you kno you'll jump up and go
              Gm7       C9         F
           If ev-er he calls your name!

            Bb                  Bb(b5)
           Gone are your old i - deas of life
               F7              Bb
           The old i-deas grow dim
           Bb                    Bb(b5)
           Lo and be-hold you're some-one's wife
                F             G7 - C9
           And you be-long to him!

            F                  C7
           You may think this kind of ad-ven-ture
            F                 Bbm7
           Nev-er may come to you
            F                D7
           Dar-ling six-teen go-ing on sev-en-teen,
            G9         C7b9          F  |  F  |
           Wait__    a year__    or two           

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